Thanks for that, I spoke to his old owner today and asked if she knew much about the condition. She said she has heard about it but thinks his situation is due to having a white face/pink skin and not having had previous sunburn treated. She said that she knew him before she owned him and saw him one summer standing in the paddock with his face oozing and covered in blisters. She went and mentioned it to the owner who didnt seem to care. Is there anything else I can put on it to help healing besides filterbac? I have some manuka honey ointment for horses which is great with healing but would probably attract every fly in the paddock! I have taken his halter off which is probably nice for him but I'm sure I will regret it tomorrow when I try and catch him
My horse has an mostly white face including his nose. As long as he is in our pasure which is bermuda grass only he is fine. When we turn him out in the neighbors pasure they have a mix of anything that will grow he always gets a burn. My dad sprays our pasture every year so that bermuda is the only thing that will grow. I have heard of clover making some horses have this reaction and I think that may be what is causing it for Thor since our neighbors do have quite a bit of clover in their pasture mix.
You can put something on for healing at night, then filtabac during the day. I've used with success Prednoderm, Aloe Vera and White Healer. I guess Honey would work as well. Just make sure not to leave it on during the day because anything like honey might make the burning worse in the sun.
Thank you for the comment, maybe we should try an attach to halter shade on your gelding? Not sure which one your talking about, I'd be happy to work with you to get him one he'll leave on. Sue at naghorseranch
Thanks Naghorse - they do look like a great idea, I have seen some similar ones advertised here in New Zealand but his old owner seems to think he wouldnt tolerate one. I would still like to try one next summer though as I don't like covering his face in sunscreen every day. I am unsure how to clean it off as it builds up - I don't want to be scrubbing his face, gentle washing doesnt seem to remove it. I can't help wondering if its bad for the skin to be constantly slathered in sunscreen even though I use Filterbac. He also has blue eyes and one of them is surrounded in white, this eye seems to be quite sun sensitive and is quite often weepy.